General psychopathology

lpsp1202  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

General psychopathology
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
60.0 h

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Historical perspective on abnormal psychology and psychopathology and psychiatry: critical overview of the Kraepelinian and post-Kraperelinian approaches (difference between “normality” and “abnormality, biological approach, evolution of categorical diagnostic systems, postulates of the post-Kraepelin approach). Evolution of the bio-psycho-social approach on mental disorders.
Nosography of psychopathological states: Description of nosographic systems (e.g., DSM) and their use (e.g., diagnosis, differential diagnosis, comorbidity). Critical perspective on traditional nosographic systems (dimensional approach, transdiagnostic approach, intra-diagnostic heterogeneity, sub-threshold or partial syndromes).
Psychopathological states across the lifespan: overview of the main psychopathological states, their evidence-based etiological models and treatments (e.g. symptomatology and semiology, psychological processes (including (neuro) cognitive ones), risk and maintenance factors, therapeutic diversity). The overview of psychopathological states and their treatment are based on recent scientific data.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The course mainly takes the form of lectures.  Clinical illustrations are also provided.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Written exam (multiple choice questions).
Online resources
Handouts and reading materials will be made available via Moodle.
Des ouvrages de référence sont disponibles en bibliothèque PSP/Reference books (available at the library- BPSP) :
Barlow, D. (2016). Psychopathologie : une approche intégrative (3ème édition). Louvain-la-Neuve : De Boeck supérieur.
Hooley, J.M., Butcher, J. N., Nock, M.K., & Mineka, S. (2017). Abnormal psychology (17th ed). Boston : Pearson.
Teaching materials
  • de Timary, P., Heeren, A., & Douilliez, C. (2020). Diapositives du cours de Psychopathologie générale. Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgique.e Moodle. Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgique
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Psychology and Education: General

Master [120] in Public Health